abercrombie kids launches its first gender-neutral collection in time for spring

Brand Introduces Gender Neutral Collection Inspired by Customers Feedback

New Albany, Ohio, 2018-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — abercrombie kids, a division of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF), is excited to launch its first gender-neutral collection in time for spring. The assortment, which is called the Everybody Collection, will be available in stores and online from mid-January. The first collection will feature 25 styles, including tops, bottoms and accessories.

At abercrombie kids, the team is focused on putting the customer at the center of everything it does, listening and engaging with them constantly to ensure product and brand experience is evolving to meet their changing needs. Through these interactions, the team gained insight that many customers, when shopping across genders, do not necessarily want to be restricted to certain styles and colors. The Everybody Collection has built on this insight, incorporating popular trends across genders, and with a single size system across the whole assortment.

Some of the trends the customers were looking for include the multi-hit graphic, which is influenced by skate and streetwear culture, and can be seen across hoodies and long-sleeve tees. Additionally, the military trend is woven throughout the collection with camouflage print items, including a bomber jacket and a crew neck sweatshirt. Pale pink tones and dip dye effects are also included.

“We put our customer at the center of everything we do and are constantly listening to their feedback to provide the right product and brand experience. Parents and their kids don’t want to be confined to specific colors and styles, depending on whether shopping for a boy or a girl. Our Everybody Collection is one assortment, in one size run, that covers the trends we are seeing in both color and style,” said Stacia Andersen, Brand President of Abercrombie & Fitch and abercrombie kids. “We are excited to offer these additional options and are looking forward to building on this initial collection for summer and the back-to-school seasons.”

The Everybody Collection will be available in all abercrombie kids stores and at abercrombie.com. In stores, the collection will be merchandised in the center of the space and online, the product will live on both the boys’ and girls’ product pages. abercrombie kids plans to maintain this collection as an ongoing part of the assortment, with updates for Summer and Back to School.

The photography that accompanies the collection features kids of the company’s associates and was shot in studio at Abercrombie & Fitch Co.’s headquarters in New Albany, Ohio.

About abercrombie kids:
abercrombie kids creates smart and creative apparel of enduring quality that celebrates the wide-eyed wonder of children ages 5 to 14.  Its products are “made for play” — tough enough to stand up to everyday adventures, while never compromising comfort, softness, or safety.  abercrombie kids, a division of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (NYSE: ANF), is sold through approximately 70 stores and www.abercrombie.com globally.

Media Contact:
Mackenzie Gusweiler
Abercrombie & Fitch
(614) 283-6192

Investor Contact:
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Abercrombie & Fitch
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SOURCE: Abercrombie & Fitch Co.

Barnes & Noble unveils some of the must read books in 2018

Fire & Fury kicked off a year that will bring a former U.S. President’s thriller, a Hitchcockian-like debut, and a much-anticipated novel about womanhood, power, and ambition

New York, NY, 2018-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest retail bookseller, kicks off the start of the New Year with some must read books in 2018.

“The books that end up being the hottest of the year can sometimes be a surprise, as the clamor for Fire & Fury reminded us at the start of 2018,” said Liz Harwell, Director of Merchandise. “But there is a strong roster of books that are likely to catch fire in 2018, including former U.S. President Bill Clinton penning a White House thriller with bestselling author James Patterson, a haunting debut from a senior publishing executive, and one of the most-watched novelists in America, Meg Wolitzer of The Interestings, with a timely story about womanhood, power, and ambition.”

The books below are just some of the many titles that have recently landed or will come out in 2018, ranging from the uplifting and insightful, to the dark and mysterious. They are:


  • The Female Persuasion, Meg Wolitzer – The author of the acclaimed novel The Interestingsmakes her much anticipated return with a wide-sweeping and timely story about womanhood and ambition, mentorship, and the circumstances that both shape and change the ideals we begin with in our youth. April 
  • The Great Alone, Kristin Hannah – This bestselling novelist is sure to bring in new fans with her gripping tale of a former POW who takes his family ‘off the grid’ in Alaska. February 6


  • The President is Missing, Bill Clinton & James Patterson – What do you get when you combine a former president and one of our most beloved thriller writers? A page-turner with one-of-a-kind insight into the White House. June 4 
  • The Woman in the Window, A.J. Finn – This debut thriller writer, who is also a senior-level publishing executive, has penned a gripping tale about a reclusive neighbor who witnesses a startling act. Current 
  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway, Ruth Ware – Ruth Ware, the author of Woman in Cabin 10and known as the Agatha Christie of our time, returns with a haunting mystery about a dubious inheritance that falls into the wrong person’s hands. Summer


  • The Outsider, Stephen King – The King of horror returns with a crime story like no other, as a small town is shocked when a respected member of the community is accused of murdering a young boy. May 22

New Age & Spirituality

  • I’ve Been Thinking, Maria Shriver – This former First Lady of California, journalist, and activist, provides inspirational thoughts, quotes, prayers, and reflections on finding purpose, passion, and joy in the face of adversity. February 27


  • Fire & Fury, Michael Wolff – This controversial look into the White House caught fire at the start of the New Year and is still in high demand as we enter mid-January. Current


  • Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You!, Marley Dias – This young activist and feminist explores social justice, volunteerism, equity and inclusion, and using social media for good in this book that draws from her experiences and champions literacy. January 30
  • She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History, Chelsea Clinton, Illustrator Alexandra Boiger – In this companion to her bestselling She Persisted, Chelsea Clinton tells the story of 13 incredible women who have shaped history around the world. March 6


  • I’ve Loved You Since Forever, Hoda Kotb, Illustrator Suzie Mason – The Today Show’s Hoda Kotb presents a heartwarming story of the adoption of her baby girl in this celebratory and poetic testament to the timeless love felt between parent and child. March 6

Find current and upcoming the titles at Barnes & Noble at www.bn.com.


Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323

Alex Ortolani
Director, Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3379

About Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is the world’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 632 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com).  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4.5 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps available for Android, iOS® and Windows®.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

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Dunkin’ Donuts launches its next generation concept store in Quincy, Massachusetts

Dunkin’ Donuts launches its next generation concept store in Quincy, Massachusetts

Restaurant Includes Beverage Bar Tap System with Nitro Coffee and New Double Drive-Thru with First-Ever On-the-Go Lane

CANTON, MA, 2018-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (January 16, 2018), in the city where it opened its very first location 68 years ago, Dunkin’ Donuts unveiled its next generation concept store. The new Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant at 588 Washington Street in Quincy, Massachusetts offers the first look at the brand’s U.S. store of the future experience, with a modern atmosphere and new and innovative technologies and design elements — including the first drive-thru exclusively for mobile ordering — to make running on Dunkin’ faster and more convenient than ever before.

Exciting elements of Dunkin’ Donuts’ new restaurant experience include:

  • Modern Design: The special interior design uses lighter colored materials, an open layout and natural light to create an approachable, positive and energetic environment.
  • Faster than Ever Drive-Thru Experience: An exclusive On-the-Go drive-thru lane lets DD Perks® members who order ahead via Dunkin’s Mobile App bypass the ordering lane and merge straight into the line for the pickup window. Dunkin’ Donuts is the first national restaurant brand to offer this type of drive-thru innovation and convenience.
  • Premium Pours: Dunkin’ Donuts’ signature cold beverages are now served through an innovative tap system serving eight consistently cold beverages such as coffees, iced teas, cold brew coffee and nitro infused cold brew coffee. Crew members will use top-quality flavor-maximizing espresso machines to make hand-crafted drinks to order. A single-cup machine will also enable the option of grinding and brewing select coffee varieties one cup at a time.


  • Dunkin’ on Demand: With fully-integrated digital kiosks coming in 2018, guests will choose to order with or without the help of a crew member.  Dunkin’ Donuts has also introduced an area dedicated to mobile pickups, so that members of the DD Perks® Rewards program who order ahead via Dunkin’s Mobile App can get in and out of the restaurant faster than ever before. Guests will be able to track the status of their orders placed for pickup inside the restaurant via a new digital order status board.


  • New Uniforms Designed by Life is Good®: For the store in Quincy, Dunkin’ Donuts will introduce new uniforms and headwear designed in partnership with lifestyle brand Life is Good®. Messaging on the new crew t-shirts, such as “Fueled by Positive Energy,” and “Drink Coffee. Be Awesome.” serve as a form of self-expression for crew members, reflecting the positive atmosphere of the new Dunkin’ Donuts store and the optimism and energy for which both the Life is Good and Dunkin’ Donuts brands are known. In addition, Dunkin’ Donuts and Life is Good share a commitment to spreading positivity and helping kids in need through their respective Foundations – the Joy in Childhood Foundation® and the Kids Foundation.


  • Greater Grab & Go Selection: An expanded, custom Grab & Go unit will feature bottled beverages, as well as snacks from leading brands that complement Dunkin’s menu. These will include better-for-you options like fresh bananas, mini oranges and grapes, as well as fruit snacks like Gogo Squeez® apple sauce, Yoplait® yogurt parfaits featuring Nature Valley™ granola, and other packaged snacks such as beef jerky, nut butter packs and more.


  • Increased Energy Efficiency: The new Dunkin’ Donuts is the 186th DD Green Achievement™ restaurant in the country. DD Green Achievement restaurants are designed to save 25% more energy compared to a standard Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant.

The new 2,200 square foot Quincy location, which is located about one mile away from the original Dunkin’ Donuts location, is the first of 30 or more new and remodeled Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants that will test variations of the new design this year. Dunkin’ Donuts’ final new store design is expected to be unveiled once testing is complete. The Quincy store is also one of a select number of Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants testing new signage that refers to the brand simply as “Dunkin’.”

“The launch of our next generation concept store marks one of the most important moments in Dunkin’ Donuts’ growth as an on-the-go, beverage-led brand,” said Dave Hoffmann, President of Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. and Canada. “We have worked closely with our franchisee community to create a positive, energetic atmosphere for our guests that remains true to our heritage, while emphasizing and enhancing the unparalleled convenience, digital innovation and restaurant excellence that distinguishes Dunkin’. We are thrilled to begin the New Year with such an exciting milestone for our brand, and look forward to rolling out Dunkin’ Donuts’ store of the future to our guests in all of our communities.”

Dunkin’ Donuts fans all across the country can enjoy a look at the brand’s new restaurant experience via a special Facebook Live event today at 12 PM Eastern. Dunkin’ Donuts representatives will provide a virtual tour of the next generation concept store’s design and technologies.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com, or subscribe to the Dunkin’ Donuts blog to receive notifications at https://news.dunkindonuts.com/blog.


About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 11 years running. The company has more than 12,400 restaurants in 46 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

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Lindsay Cronin
Dunkin’ Brands

NCR celebrates the 20th anniversary of its self-checkout and gives a glimpse of future innovations

NCR celebrates the 20th anniversary of its self-checkout and gives a glimpse of future innovations

ATLANTA, 2018-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), the global leader in omni-channel solutions, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its first self-checkout installation and looking at what the future will bring for the technology. Amongst others, NCR is tackling the infamous “unexpected item in the bagging area” with recent innovations. Since NCR installed its first self-checkout in-store on January 20, 1998 in Kansas, self-checkouts have become the biggest queue buster for small to medium transactions in retailing – and a part of pop culture. Research firm RBR forecasts that by 2022, there will be nearly 400,000 self-checkout machines installed by retailers across more than 60 countries worldwide, a global installation growth of 53 percent from 2016.

Today’s self-checkouts are almost unrecognizable versus the early days of the technology. The first self-checkouts were bulky items that took their design cues from ATMs and delivered an awkward experience. But over time, what the ATM did in making fundamental changes to banking, self-checkout did for retail.

Just five years after it installed its first self-checkout, NCR became the leader in the market, and today has a 73 percent market share according to RBR’s Global EPOS and Self-Checkout 2017 study, with its offerings available in 39 countries.

Dusty Lutz, vice president and general manager of Store Transformation Solutions at NCR, said “NCR’s success in self-checkout can be attributed to our one guiding principle: we don’t start with the technology, but how we transform the retailer’s store. We’ve spent the last 20 years working with customers to constantly improve our products, making them more accurate and easy-to-use to provide the best possible shopper experience.”

Today, the newest NCR self-checkout models make use of the latest innovations in technology to address one of the most familiar issues in the self-checkout experience – the “unexpected item in the bagging area”. The latest NCR models are moving away from weight-based detection systems to intelligent image scanners that can recognize items placed on the scanner. As well as removing the pain of the weight-based security alert, these scanners have the additional benefit of making the scanning of non-barcoded items such as fresh fruit and vegetables easier, as the technology can offer suggestions for what the item might be, instead of requiring users to move through menus on the interface. Retailers also benefit as the technology can detect ‘item swapping’ theft. For example, if a user tries to scan a bottle of wine with a barcode for a bunch of bananas, the machine can spot that and alert staff, helping tackle one of merchants’ biggest worries about the technology.

The NCR FastLane SelfServ™ Checkout was recognised with a 2017 GOOD DESIGN award for excellence in product design. The award highlights how NCR’s retail offerings provide consumers with convenient checkout options that help retailers transform their stores into the central hub of the shopping experience, providing a smoother, connected and convenient customer journey.

More information on the journey of NCR’s self-checkout can be found here.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in omni-channel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables nearly 700 million transactions daily across financial, retail, hospitality, travel, telecom and technology industries. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier. NCR is headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., with about 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries. NCR encourages investors to visit its website which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about NCR.

Website: www.ncr.com 
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Lindex donates 280 000 euro to STEPS and WaterAid through the One Bag Habit initiative

Lindex donates 280 000 euro to STEPS and WaterAid through the One Bag Habit initiative

The consumption of bags in Lindex Swedish stores has decreased significant since the launch of One Bag Habit on June 1, 2017. Only about 30 per cent of Lindex customers have chosen to buy a bag which means that Lindex now to donates 280 000 euro to STEPS and WaterAid.

Göteborg, Sweden, 2018-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — One Bag Habit is a joint initiative launched by Lindex, KappAhl and H&M with the aim to reduce the consumption of bags and raise awareness of bags negative environmental impact. Just like all companies that has joined One Bag Habit, Lindex charge for bags in its Swedish stores and during the first seven months only about 30 per cent of Lindex customers bought a bag.

We are very pleased with the impact that our joint initiative have had and how it contributes to a better bag consumption. The fact that two-thirds of Lindex Swedish customers have found other, more sustainable ways, to carry home their products feels great, says Anna-Karin Dahlberg, Sustainability Manager at Lindex.

Like all companies that has joined One Bag Habit, Lindex donates the surplus from sold bags to causes that drive sustainable development, within environment or social issues. The sum from the seven first months is 280 000 euro and this money will be donated to the Swedish research program STEPS and the international organization WaterAid.

Since the launch of the initiative, several Swedish companies have joined and in the beginning of 2018, Lindex in Norway, Finland, Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia and the Baltics will also start charging for the bags.

Learn more about One Bag Habit at lindex.com

SOURCE: Lindex



Eva Jonasson, Media Relations Responsible
E-mail: press@lindex.com
Phone: +46 31 739 50 60

Spontini partners with M.H. Alshaya Co. to open restaurants across the Middle East and North Africa region

Spontini partners with M.H. Alshaya Co. to open restaurants across the Middle East and North Africa region

Shuwaikh, Kuwait, 2018-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Spontini, the rapidly-growing Milan-based pizzeria known for its simplicity and high-quality Italian ingredients, has signed an agreement with international retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya Co. to open restaurants across the Middle East and North Africa region.

Spontini, the rapidly-growing Milan-based pizzeria known for its simplicity and high-quality Italian ingredients, has signed an agreement with international retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya Co. to open restaurants across the Middle East and North Africa region.

“I’m proud that we’ll be able to offer diners in the MENA region a handmade pizza that will be prepared every day using the same recipe Spontini has been using since 1953, with the same Italian ingredients we use in our stores in Milan. It’s a pleasure to work with a partner that shares our vision and wants to offer our customers the same experience that they would experience in our Italian stores,” said Massimo Innocenti, Spontini executive chairman and founder of the brand.

Spontini started life in 1953 under the name of ‘Cibi Cotti’, characterised by simple and inexpensive dishes from Tuscany’s traditional cuisine. It soon introduced the now-typical slice of pizza, officially becoming ‘Spontini’, from the name of the street in which the original store is located. The recipe for the classic Spontini pizza has barely changed since then, offering an unmatched Italian taste experience.

Alshaya is a franchise operator for more than 80 world-leading brands, including Starbucks, Shake Shack, The Cheesecake Factory, P.F. Chang’s, Victoria’s Secret, Pottery Barn, H & M and Mothercare. The company operates more than 3,500 stores across the Middle East, North Africa, Russia Turkey and Europe, and employs more than 50,000 people.

“We think Spontini will offer something unique and authentic to our discerning customer base,” said Mohammed Alshaya, Executive Chairman of M.H. Alshaya Co. “With its simple approach to handmade, quality pizza, and a strong sense of heritage and tradition, it will be an exciting addition to our portfolio of world-leading food brands.”

SOURCE: M.H. Alshaya Co. W.L.L.

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SPAR Nigeria opens new hypermarket in Tejuoshop shopping centre in Lagos

SPAR Nigeria opens new hypermarket in Tejuoshop shopping centre in Lagos

LAGOS, Nigeria, 2018-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the brand new Tejuoshop shopping centre in Lagos, SPAR Nigeria recently opened a SPAR Hypermarket with a sales area of 1,425m², attracting huge crowds on the opening day.

The Tejuosho Shopping Centre, the former Tejuosho Market, famous for fabric and garment trading, is an ultra-modern shopping centre and with room for 1,000 stores, this multi-storey building is one of the largest shopping destinations in the country. The brand new SPAR Hypermarket is the anchor tenant and will drive key footfall to the shopping centre.

The new hypermarket attracts shoppers through its broad product range. In addition to FMCG products, there is an extensive offering of fruit & vegetables, an instore butchery and bakery, a service counter with freshly prepared snacks and meals, dairy & perishables, a broad range of wines & spirits, electronics, home appliances, mobile phones and laptops – catering for the needs of modern consumers. In addition to this extensive product range, SPAR Nigeria offers a number of promotional items and services to shoppers such as gift cards, reward cards and consumer leasing services.

The SPAR Hypermarket targets consumers in Lagos, the largest city in Nigeria, and the surrounding areas of Yaba, Akoka, Jibowu and Surulere.

With the opening of the new hypermarket, SPAR Nigeria now operates a total of six stores in the city of Lagos and 12 overall in Nigeria, delivering a total retail space of over 39,800m².

Watch this video of the opening of the SPAR Hypermarket in the Tejuoshop shopping centre in Lagos.

About SPAR Nigeria

The SPAR licence for Nigeria was granted to the Artee Group in 2009, a leading retail operator in Lagos. Progress has continued throughout the years in growing the SPAR presence in the country with the development of the brand through a combination of new build and conversion stores.

Both hypermarkets and large supermarkets are operated in key cities across the country, with ongoing development of retail expertise and the import of SPAR Own Brand products to complement the locally sourced ranges.

SOURCE: SPAR International

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The McDonald’s All American Games unveils official rosters for the 41st annual Boys Game and 17th annual Girls Game

OAK BROOK, Ill., 2018-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — The McDonald’s All American Games today unveiled the official rosters for the 41st annual Boys Game and 17th annual Girls Game. The nation’s premier high school basketball all-star event will take place March 28 at Atlanta’s Philips Arena. Full team rosters are available at www.mcdaag.com.

The 2018 McDonald’s All American Boys teams feature the country’s top talent hailing from 17 different states. The East Team includes Duke-bound R.J. Barrett (Montverde Academy – Montverde, Fla.) and a pair of undecided highly ranked players, Zion Williamson (Spartanburg Day School – Spartanburg, S.C.), and Romeo Langford (New Albany High School – New Albany, Ind.).

The West Team will be led by Bol Bol (Findlay Prep – Henderson, Nev.), who will attend Oregon in the fall. He will be joined by highly ranked Duke commit, Cameron Reddish (Westtown School – West Chester, Pa.) and Simisola Shittu (Vermont Academy – Saxtons River, Vt.) who plans to suit up for Vanderbilt next season.

Of the 24 boys selected to be McDonald’s All Americans, two sets of current high school teammates will be featured and five have yet to make their college decisions. Of those who have decided, Duke and Kansas have the most commitments with three each, followed by Oregon, North Carolina and Vanderbilt with two each. The Boys Game begins at 7 p.m. EST March 28 and will air live on ESPN.

The 2018 Girls team includes seven players from Texas, the most represented state. The East Team includes Georgia native and Connecticut-bound Olivia Nelson-Ododa (Winder-Barrow High School – Winder, Ga.), highly ranked Shakira Austin (Riverdale Baptist School – Upper Marlboro, Md.), who has committed to Maryland and Izabela Nicoletti (Neuse Christian Academy – Raleigh, N.C.) who will play at Florida State next season.

The West Team will be led by another Connecticut recruit, top-ranked Christyn Williams (Central Arkansas Christian Schools – North Little Rock, Ark.). She will be joined by Texas-bound Charli Collier (Barbers Hill High School – Mont Belvieu, Texas) and Aquira DeCosta (Saint Mary’s High School – Stockton, Calif.) who has committed to play at Baylor.

Of the 24 girls selected to be McDonald’s All Americans, Baylor has the most McDonald’s All American players suiting up next fall with four commits followed by Tennessee with three commits. Like the Boys roster, this year’s Girls roster features two sets of high school teammates that will play against each other. The Girls Game begins at 5 p.m. EST March 28 and will air live on ESPN2.

“The 48 players selected for the 2018 McDonald’s All American Games represent the future of basketball,” said Morgan Wootten, Hall-of-Fame basketball coach and McDonald’s All American Games Selection Committee Chairman. “As we leave a great legacy in Chicago, we look forward to hosting the Games in Atlanta and providing the players with the opportunity to show the entire country their tremendous talent.”

This year’s teams were selected from more than 700 nominees by the McDonald’s All American Games selection committee, led by Wootten.

In addition to the 48 players selected, four prep coaches from Alaska, Connecticut and South Dakota were named coaches for the 2018 Games. Dawn Seiler of (Aberdeen Central High School – Aberdeen, S.D.), will lead the Girls East Team, while Jeannie Hebert-Truax of (Wasilla High School – Wasilla, Alaska) will coach the Girls West Team. John Mirabello of (Northwest Catholic High School – West Hartford, Conn.) will lead the Boys East Team and Brad Lauwers of (A.J. Diamond High School – Anchorage, Alaska) will serve as head coach of the Boys West Team.

Since 1978, more than 1,300 players have competed in the McDonald’s All American Games. They form an elite group of some of the top names in basketball history, including Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Candace Parker, Maya Moore, Elena Delle Donne and Breanna Stewart. Alumni include current college standouts Trae Young of Oklahoma, Miles Bridges of Michigan State and Katie Lou Samuelson of UConn.

McDonald’s has continued to raise the bar by investing in the future of communities around the globe. We do this by providing programs with one-of-a-kind experience that help shape and develop the skills student athletes need to become the leaders of tomorrow. In addition to the All American Games, McDonald’s provides scholarships, hosts leadership summits and education workshops in the communities it serves and remains committed to continuing to extend service to the world outside of its restaurants.

Tickets for the 2018 McDonald’s All American Games go on sale Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. EST via Ticketmaster or the Philips Arena box office. Ticket prices start as low as $10.

Games week will kick-off on Sunday, March 25 with a free Fan Fest at Atlanta’s Atlantic Station (1380 Atlantic Drive) from 12 – 6 p.m. EST. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a day of live entertainment, basketball themed activities and McDonald’s food.

The POWERADE® Jam Fest – featuring McDonald’s All American Games players in a three-point shootout, dunk contest and shooting competition – will be held Monday, March 26. The competitions will air live at 8 p.m. EST on ESPN2.

For more than 40 years, the McDonald’s All American Games have benefitted Ronald McDonald House Charities through its network of local chapters. At RMHC, programs like the Ronald McDonald House and Ronald McDonald Family Room provide comfort and compassion to families with sick children so they are fully supported and able to be a part of their children’s care. This year’s All American Games will benefit Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities which has served more than 50,000 families since 1979. Proceeds will support the operations of Atlanta’s two Ronald McDonald Houses, Ronald McDonald Family Room and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile.

For more information about the McDonald’s All American Games, POWERADE Jam Fest or game week activities in Atlanta, please visit www.mcdaag.com and follow @McDAAG.

Proud sponsors of the 2018 McDonald’s All American Games include adidas, American Family Insurance, Coca-Cola®, Mercedes-Benz, POWERADE® and Sprite®.

Get in the Game by following the McDonald’s All American Games on Twitter and Instagram. Follow @McDAAG to receive up-to-date information and a behind-the-scenes look at the 2018 Games including; key announcements, local player/coach recognitions, fan giveaways and historical Games facts and figures.

About McDonald’s USA
McDonald’s USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to more than 25 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. Customers can now log online for free at approximately 11,500 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit www.mcdonalds.com, or follow us on Twitter @McDonalds and Facebook www.facebook.com/mcdonalds.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities®
Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®), is a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation that creates, finds, and supports programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families. Through its global network of nearly 290 Chapters in more than 64 countries and regions, and its three core programs: the Ronald McDonald House®, the Ronald McDonald Family Room® and the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, RMHC helps families with sick children stay together, and close to the medical care their child needs at leading hospitals worldwide. RMHC programs not only provide access to quality health care, they enable family-centered care ensuring families are fully supported and actively involved in their children’s care. For more information, visit rmhc.org.

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McDonald’s commits to 100 percent renewable, recycled, or certified sources for its packaging by 2025

Oak Brook, IL, 2018-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Jan 16, 2018), McDonald’s announces goals to improve its packaging and help significantly reduce waste to positively impact the communities the company serves around the world.

By 2025, 100 percent of McDonald’s guest packaging will come from renewable, recycled, or certified sources with a preference for Forest Stewardship Council certification. Also by 2025, the company has set a goal to recycle guest packaging in 100 percent of McDonald’s restaurants. McDonald’s understands that recycling infrastructure, regulations and consumer behaviors vary city to city and country to country around the world, but it plans to be part of the solution and help influence powerful change.

This expands upon McDonald’s existing goal that by 2020, 100% of fiber-based packaging will come from recycled or certified sources where no deforestation occurs.

“As the world’s largest restaurant company, we have a responsibility to use our scale for good to make changes that will have a meaningful impact across the globe,” said Francesca DeBiase, McDonald’s Chief Supply Chain and Sustainability Officer. “Our customers have told us that packaging waste is the top environmental issue they would like us to address. Our ambition is to make changes our customers want and to use less packaging, sourced responsibly and designed to be taken care of after use, working at and beyond our restaurants to increase recycling and help create cleaner communities.”

To reach these goals, McDonald’s will work with leading industry experts, local governments and environmental associations, to improve packaging and recycling practices. Together they will work to drive smarter packaging designs, implement new recycling programs, establish new measurement programs and educate restaurant crew and customers.

As Tom Murray, Vice President of EDF+Business at Environmental Defense Fund noted, “Nearly three decades ago, McDonald’s and EDF teamed up to tackle solid waste and accelerate innovation in packaging.  Along the way, we pioneered a new partnership model for companies and nonprofit organizations. Today, McDonald’s continues to raise the sustainability bar by setting ambitious goals and collaborating with partners across the value chain for maximum impact.”

“McDonald’s global preference for Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified materials demonstrates their far-reaching commitment to source packaging that benefits people and forests around the world,” said Kim Carstensen, director general of the Forest Stewardship Council. “The partnership between McDonald’s and FSC – the world’s most trusted certification of forests and forest products – also creates a uniquely powerful opportunity for McDonald’s to engage customers about simple ways to protect forests,” he added.

Adds Sheila Bonini, Senior Vice President, Private Sector Engagement, World Wildlife Fund, “Smarter waste management begins with improved sourcing, increased value chain collaboration and better communication with customers. Today’s announcement demonstrates McDonald’s strong leadership in developing packaging and recycling solutions at a scale that can extend the life of our natural resources and push its industry toward more sustainable practices.”

McDonald’s first began its focus on sustainable packaging nearly 25 years ago with the establishment of the groundbreaking partnership with EDF. The initiative eliminated more than 300 million pounds of packaging, recycled 1 million tons of corrugated boxes and reduced waste by 30 percent in the decade following the partnership. In 2014, the company joined WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network program and set its fiber sourcing targets, including FSC preference for packaging made from wood fiber.

Currently, 50 percent of McDonald’s customer packaging comes from renewable, recycled or certified sources and 64 percent of fiber-based packaging comes from certified or recycled sources. Also, an estimated 10 percent of McDonald’s restaurants globally are recycling customer packaging.

“We look forward to doing more and continuing to raise the bar on what it means to be a responsible company committed to people and the planet,” DeBiase said.

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CVS Health introduces Transform Rheumatoid Arthritis Care program to improve both clinical care and cost management for RA

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2018-Jan-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today introduced Transform Rheumatoid Arthritis Care to help the company’s pharmacy benefit management (PBM) clients better manage care and costs for Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). The program is the latest addition to the company’s suite of condition-specific, highly personalized Transform Care programs and adds value-based management strategies including outcomes based contracts and a new indication-based formulary for autoimmune conditions to CVS Health’s integrated pharmacy care model. Given that the cost and utilization of drugs to treat RA are a top drug trend and spend driver, accounting for nearly half of overall specialty drug trend, this new multi-pronged approach also includes a trend guarantee based on the program’s ability to improve both clinical care and cost management for RA.

“Rheumatoid arthritis is a complex condition and is one of the top drivers of specialty drug trend for our PBM clients,” said Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer of CVS Health. “By leveraging our integrated pharmacy care model, we can provide highly personalized, whole-patient support through our specialty pharmacy and embedded AccordantCare nurses, while harnessing the power of our PBM’s tools to encourage appropriate use of and adherence to lower cost therapies.”

The Transform RA Care program is designed to help encourage appropriate use of lower-cost therapies through pharmacy network and utilization management tools along with value-based management strategies such as outcomes-based contracts and a new indication-based formulary for autoimmune conditions. Outcomes-based contracts tie reimbursement for a drug to achieving a specific target or goal. If the target is not met for instance if the patient discontinues therapy, indicating the drug was not well tolerated the manufacturer may be required to provide additional value. In addition, the indication-based approach determines formulary placement for drugs based on the specific diagnosis rather than for the therapy class as a whole. This multi-pronged approach is designed to help clients better manage trend and receive a trend guarantee for these expensive drugs.

“Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis costs the U.S. health care system $19 billion a year. Both spend and trend have also been rising for the autoimmune category in recent years and market analysts expect this category to be the fastest-growing drug class over the next five years,” said Alan Lotvin, M.D., executive vice president of CVS Specialty, the specialty pharmacy of CVS Health. “Our program is unique in that we can pull together resources enabled by our integrated pharmacy care model to deliver both a truly member-focused clinical management program while also helping to manage the rising costs within the autoimmune category through new approaches to contracting and formulary management.”

Members enrolled in Transform RA Care will continue to receive proactive, personalized care and disease-specific expertise from the RA CareTeam, a team of specially-trained pharmacists and Accordant nurses in our RA Center of Excellence. The RA CareTeam provides a range of support specific to the member’s needs including symptom, comorbidity and side effect management; care coordination; and coaching and education. The RA CareTeam also offers initial clinical assessments, benefits verification and medication dispensing and distribution. In addition, proactive patient outreach can help improve engagement rates, improve adherence to medication, and reduce complications, such as hospital and emergency room visits. Members with RA also have access to innovative digital tools to help them start and stay on their therapies and, through Specialty Connect, the ability to pick up their medication at a local CVS Pharmacy or have it delivered to their home or office by mail.

Clients enrolled in the Transform RA Care program could expect to see savings of up to 5 percent on their annual spend for RA drugs. For example a client that manages 100,000 lives could see up to $500,000 in annual savings.

RA is the second most common form of arthritis, impacting more than 1.5 million people in the U.S. It is characterized by chronic inflammation of the joints and, over time, can lead to bone deformation. The disease is also complex and hard to manage, and our research shows that approximately one quarter of patients who start on an autoimmune drug discontinue therapy within 180 days, which can lead to poor health outcomes and higher costs for payors and members. Those with RA can benefit from holistic disease management, which can help improve medication adherence, address gaps in care, and reduce condition-related complications and visits to the hospital and ER. In addition, cost management strategies can create additional value for both payors and patients.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its more than 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

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